Twitter bans QAnon, free VPN data breach: Vertical Hold ep 288

Is it really “free” if your data is online for everyone to see? And why do so many folks engage with ridiculous QAnon conspiracy theories?

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This week we delve into the murky world of online conspiracies — but not the conspiracies themselves. Instead, we chat to Seamus Byrne from Byteside about how social media companies take their role in spreading misinformation to heart — or try to dodge it completely.

Meanwhile, this week also saw a major breach in VPN security, with a large number of “free” VPN services leaving buckets of data online for anyone to see, despite their so-called “no log” policies. VPNs are something you have to trust if you’re going to use them — but how can you do that?

About the author

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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